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Abuja Indigenes approach court, want inauguration of ministers stopped

Abuja Indigenes approach court, want inauguration of ministers stopped

Some Indigenes of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Abuja, on Thursday, approached a Federal High Court sitting in Abuja, praying it to stop the inauguration of ministers-designate billed to hold on the 21 of August.

The Indigenes are seeking the order of the court for the stoppage of the inauguration over the failure of President Muhammadu Buhari to nominate any indigene of the FCT as minister.

According to Mr. Musa Baba-Panya, a lawyer, who filled the case, this is in contravention of a March 15, 2018 judgement of the Court of Appeal, Abuja Division, making it compulsory for the President to appoint an indigene of the FCT as minister.

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Baba-Panya argued before Justice Taiwo Taiwo on Thursday that “The 43 confirmed ministerial appointees now awaiting swearing-in or inauguration as the Federal Executive Council is incomplete, illegal, unconstitutional, null, void and of no effect whatsoever.

‘’The 1st defendant stands in contempt of law and court for his brazen refusal to comply with the tenor of the Abuja Division of Court of Appeal’s judgment of March 15, 2019 compelling him to the immediate and forthwith appointment off an indigene of FCT, Abuja as minister of the federation.”

Justice Taiwo Taiwo fixed Monday for ruling.

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